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Volkswagen Partners with Intel for Advanced AI Features

January 11, 2018

Most automakers today are pushing their technology toward the future with an eye toward artificial intelligence, personal assistants and self-driving technology, but there are only a few companies that are already investing heavily in the technology, and Volkswagen is now one of them. Volkswagen is partnered up with Intel and has plans to put some very smart artificial intelligence or AI technology systems into all their vehicles. These systems will make things like personal assistant help, facial recognition, voice recognition, augmented reality and more possible in the future. Which is pretty cool if you ask us.

Test out the Features with the I.D. Buzz

The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz is going to be the company’s all new full electric vehicle that is supposed to revolutionize the auto company in many different ways. It will be one of the first electric vehicles, and it’s going to be modeled after the Volkswagen Microbus. Not only is the car a demonstration that full electric power can be a  viable replacement for standard gas or diesel powered vehicles, but the bus will showcase a whole slew of new technologies as well, including many of the AI capabilities that Volkswagen is relying on Intel for.

All the different AI-based technologies should make driving around more user-friendly and enjoyable, or at least that’s the goal for the future. Finding new locations, handling traffic situations and staying on top of what’s going on around the road will be easier than ever, and it should be more fun at the same time.

When to See the New Tech

All the new upcoming features sound exciting, but it’s hard to get too excited about features when you don’t know when they’re coming. Drivers that are interested in all this new technology still have quit a bit of waiting to do before many of the features are going to make it into their favorite vehicles. The I.D. Buzz isn’t expected to be released until 2022 and that’s when many of the more futuristic features are supposed to debut as well.

Volkswagen is working hard toward more technologically advanced vehicles and more capable features and that’s exciting. New advancements happen each and every year and Volkswagen is already offering more media features and smart features to make their vehicles more adaptable and capable than ever before, but the features are only going to continue changing and evolving and becoming more useful into the future, or at least that’s the hope.

If you’re a Volkswagen fan you have a lot to look forward to, and even if you don’t want to wait four years to purchase a new vehicle from Volkswagen, you’re likely to enjoy at least some of the benefits and improvements that come from the Intel partnership that Volkswagen has worked out. Cars are becoming more and more like computers each and every day, and it’s vital that automakers start working with tech experts if they want to keep advancing and improving at the same rate as they have been over the last few decades. Volkswagen seems like its on the right path.


Volkswagen Cuts 2018 Tiguan Prices Significantly

January 5, 2018

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a highly popular mid-sized SUV that usually sells pretty good, which is why it’s surprising that Volkswagen recently decided to cut the price down by so much. If you’re in the market for a new SUV, and you’ve had your eye on the Tiguan, now is the time to strike, because Volkswagen is slashing prices across the board. The automaker sent a memo out to dealerships letting them know to drop prices and by how much, so keep your eyes on Tiguan listings around your area.

Looking at the Price Cuts

Three different trim levels of the Tiguan received a major price reduction from Volkswagen. Interested buyers can now save some cash on the Tiguan S, the Tiguan SEL and the SE model. The Tiguan S price has been slashed by $600, the price of the Tiguan SEL has been reduced by about $1,460 and the SE gets a major reduction of $2,180 off the recommended value. That means that all the Tiguan SUVs should be more affordable in the near future making them even more competitive against rivals like the Honda CR-V or the Toyota RAV4.

Less than the 2017 Tiguan

For buyers that considered the 2017 Tiguan but decided to wait, the 2018 Tiguan models are an even better deal thanks in part because of the price reductions. The Tiguan S is about $400 cheaper than it was in 2017, the SEL is a whopping $3,400 cheaper than it was in 2017 and the SE is thousands less costly than both the Sport and Wolfsburg models of the Tiguan.

On the Path to Success

It’s too early to predict how Tiguan sales are going to go for 2018, but if 2017 is any sort of indication they have a lot of hope to be successful. Volkswagen sales increased by 5.2 percent throughout the U.S. in 2017, and much of that increased success was thanks to the Tiguan and the Atlas. Buyers are interested in SUVs and the Tiguan is one of the most popular options for Volkswagen customers at the moment.

If you’ve been waiting for a time to purchase a Tiguan, right now you could spend a little bit less, or you can throw in that options package you’ve been looking at without changing your price too much. Either way, it’s a good time to be a fan of the Tiguan SUV from Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Puts its Golf R Against a Rocket: Who Will Win?

December 26, 2017

For the upcoming New Year’s celebration Volkswagen did something pretty unique with its ad campaigns. It decided to pit its Golf R sports car against a firework rocket to see which is the faster of the two. While it might seem pretty obvious that a car could never outrun a rocket that’s going to be blasted and explode, we say that that’s not necessarily true. There have been plenty of tests in the past pitting things like jets and cars against one another, and in many instances the cars were able to come out ahead. Sure many of the cars were a bit more potent than the Golf R is, but there’s a good chance that the Volkswagen can at least compete. So let’s get into this test to see what happened.

The Test

It’s a drag-style race between a blue Golf R and a fireworks rocket attached to a string line to make sure that it flies straight down the road. Both the car and the rocket take off at the exact same time and head to a shared destination. The goal is for the car to get ahead of the rocket before it explodes and creates a mess for the car to drive through.

Which One Wins?

During the actual testing on a closed course the Golf R and the rocket face off in a race to the end. Just before the rocket bursts, the Golf R takes the lead and travels just a bit past the rocket. Conveniently the car travels enough ahead of the rocket for it to detonate just behind the Golf R, creating a beautiful light show with camera’s around to catch all the glory as it happens.

With 292 HP and an excellent 0 to 60 acceleration time, the Golf R is more than capable of besting the rocket under the right conditions. What seems impossible ends up being a pretty impressive commercial, and that says something awesome about the Golf R. It’s actually faster than a rocket!

While we aren’t sure if Volkswagen did anything to slow the rocket down, it’s still really impressive that the Golf R managed to outrun it drag-race style, and that’s something that Golf R owners will be really proud to talk about. Of course we don’t recommend any owners giving this test a try themselves, we do recommend that you show off the above video to your buddies as often as you can.

The Volkswagen Atlas is About to Get Some Siblings

December 19, 2017

Though the Volkswagen Atlas is a relatively new SUV out on the market, it’s already becoming a fan favorite and is being picked up by families all over the country. The mid-sized SUV is a highly capable model with three-row seating that’s ideal for families with more than 5. With such a good response from American families, and from other countries as well, it’s no wonder that Volkswagen is planning on expanding on that lineup with a couple of additions as well. Volkswagen recently filed for U.S. trademarks for two additional names, and we expect the lineup to expand to include both models in the next year or two.

The Two New Names

Volkswagen trademarked the Atlas Allsport and Atlas Cross Sport names to keep them set aside for future use and Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen North America hinted at the Atlas lineup getting an expansion in the not so distant future.

What to Expect from the New SUVs

Since the next two SUVs are going to share a name with the Atlas, it’s likely that they’ll be similar in design, but with enough differences to set them apart. It wouldn’t be surprising to see at least one of the models designed to take on the outdoors with a rugged take with more utility features, a tougher disposition towards off-road driving, and maybe some added protections against rocks and things like that.

An off-roading vehicle added to Volkswagen’s lineup would be an exciting addition that we haven’t seen in a long time, and with names like All-sport and Cross Sport both of the new SUV additions are likely to have a rugged and tough focus more than the standard Atlas does.

Another Small SUV on the Way

On top of the expanding Atlas lineup, there’s also talk that Volkswagen is planning on adding on a new compact SUV based on the Tiguan. There’s not much information around this concept but it would likely offer a new style or feature set to differentiate it from the Tiguan, and give Volkswagen fans even more SUVs to pick and choose from.

There’s no official information about the Atlas lineup expanded or new SUVs being added to Volkswagen at all, but the unofficial information is pretty reliable, and it’s safe to say that we’ll likely be looking at a few new Volkswagen SUVs in the not-so-distant future. If you’re a fan of Volkswagen and you like SUVs in particular, there’s something to look forward to.

Getting a Feel for the 2019 Jetta Before its Big Reveal

December 12, 2017

Volkswagen is going all out to make its vehicles stand out and to overtake markets that it once held with capable hands. The all-new Volkswagen Jetta fills in a very important section of the sedan marketplace and it’s vital that the 2019 version be something compelling enough to want to drive. That’s why we were excited to get a chance to take a look at the 2019 Jetta before its official release, and to take a look at everything that this vehicle has to offer overall, and we weren’t disappointed one bit.

Exterior Changes

While it’s a bit difficult to tell exactly what feature changes have occurred on the exterior of the 2019 Jetta without looking closely and carefully. Representatives explain that the car is 2 inches longer overall and less than 1 inch wider than it was in previous generations. There were changes to the rear overhang and it’s much more prominent. The slope of the roof is also gentler than before, giving the vehicle a more straightforward look.

Modern Day Gauge Cluster

Though the Volkswagen reps took considerable care blocking out the dash board with a mat before allowing testers to drive it around, it wasn’t too difficult to see what was down underneath. Below the cover it appears that the 2019 Jetta features a cluster setup just like the one in the 2018 Atlas. There’s a 12.3 inch optional display that is expected to be shown off at the upcoming auto show that will feature the 2019 Jetta reveal.

A Solid Platform

The 2019 Jetta comes built on top of the modern MQB platform that most other VW vehicles are relying on. This car does come with one variance compared to many others sold by Volkswagen though, a torsion-beam rear suspension that’s more affordable, and many would say inferior to the multi-link rear suspension that many other vehicles are relying on today. Even still, the cost-saving adjustment doesn’t seem to take away from the car’s performance. It handles surprisingly well around corners and over bumps.

Powerful and Smooth

Equipped with a smaller turbocharged engine, the Jetta isn’t exactly a sports car. That doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable to drive though. The vehicle doesn’t work that hard to get up to highway speeds and can easily surpass them with max speeds in excess of 120 MPH. The car experiences a bit of turbo lag, but has plenty of pull in the low and high ranges and is a true joy to race around in. It’s no sports car, but it will satisfy many drivers just looking for something small and spunky to drive around.

The 2019 Jetta offers some impressive changes and is a pretty solid package. Sure we don’t know a whole lot about the vehicle just yet, but it shouldn’t be too long before the Jetta is officially released and more information comes out about the car. Stay tuned for that!

Volkswagen Develops an All Electric Ride Sharing Van

December 5, 2017

Ride sharing is a popular way to get around in big cities, and more and more car manufacturers are working on vehicles designed specifically for car pooling. Volkswagen just recently released a large van-like vehicle that’s designed specifically for ride sharing. The van-like structure isn’t the exciting aspect of this vehicle, its all-electric design is what is the most interesting.

 A Small Release

Volkswagen plans on releasing a minimum number of these vehicles to get started with. About 200 different vehicles will be released initially. This is just to test out the design of the vehicle and to gauge interest before launching a larger supply of the vehicles.

Maximum Comfort

The rideshare vehicle is designed for maximum space and comfort. It comes equipped with a series of bucket seats instead of bench seats for added comfort. Each of the different seating locations come with USB ports and individual dimmable lights, giving everyone just the level of comfort available. There’s also built-in Wi-Fi as well as luggage storage in the back.

Excellent Range

This electric van has a range of 186 miles and can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes. That’s more than enough driving range to get back and forth to work on a daily basis, and it makes it into the perfect commuter vehicle, even for longer distance commuting.

Designed with Care

MOIA was a part of the design process with this van and feedback from its rideshare service was used to make the design decisions about the van. The vehicle is designed to go along with the MOIA ridesharing service. It even comes with a special app that makes it easy for different passengers to book trips where they need to go and to get around without going out of their way doing it.

Even though these vehicles are made for the ride-sharing service it doesn’t mean that Volkswagen won’t take some features and apply them to future electric vehicles. It’s likely that the automaker will rely on information gathered during the launch of this special electric van to produce better consumer-level electric vehicles in the future. The excellent charging technology and capacity could al make future vehicles more enjoyable and useful to drive around.

Look for the release of these electric vans, and subsequent electric vehicles from Volkswagen. The automaker is working hard on its EV technology and should be offering a range of vehicles in the future as well.

Volkswagen Has Plans to Ease Buyers into EVs with Mild Hybrids

November 29, 2017

Volkswagen is always talking about the new electric vehicles that it’s going to be launching over the next decade, but while full transformations are very exciting, they aren’t always the most practical change. On top of working hard to put together world class EVs for car drivers around the world, Volkswagen is also putting together efforts for more slight transitions toward renewable energy sources with mild hybrids. These vehicles would rely on 48V electrical systems, and maybe rely on Bio and synthetic fuel sources healthier than oil, petrol and diesel that’s relied upon today. These slight changes are the type of thing that more buyers would probably adopt right now, because they’re minor enough for them to be comfortable.

Mild EV Features

Volkswagen is considering building a small backup battery into the vehicle that would drive a very compact motor that puts out around 35bhp overall. That little motor would be used to add torque into the everyday driving of the vehicle, and to do things like work to recover energy that’s typically lost during braking. The system would enable regenerative braking, which saves brake pads and helps extend the vehicle’s driving range. Getting some independent power out to the rear axle of the vehicle could also provide some mild all-wheel drive benefits during slippery conditions. That means these vehicles would be more dependable in poor-weather driving conditions as well.

Advanced Fuel Features

On top of working on hybrid features that Volkswagen is slowly rolling out in vehicles in the UK at the moment, the automaker is also looking into making cars that run on other fuel types. The automaker is developing a vehicle that can run on both compressed natural gas as well as standard gasoline. This vehicle would work just fine under most conditions that you find, giving you the choice of what sort of fuel you want to rely on to get around no matter where you are.

With these mild hybrid and fuel advancements Volkswagen can make its vehicles more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly in a slight way that makes a notable impact over time. The changes will be small enough for most people to take on the vehicles comfortably, and when coupled with drivetrain enhancements like the automakers new more efficient 7-speed dual clutch gearbox, you can get some very reliable fuel-efficient vehicles from Volkswagen.

Volkswagen is heading in the right direction, because most auto buyers today want something more efficient and environmentally friendly. By working on dramatic changes like Full EVs and also focusing on mild hybrid and dual fuel setups, the automaker is hitting all sides of the market at the same time, which just seems like good planning.